(The Local) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly denied that his son is in a relationship with a non-Jewish Norwegian girl, after reports of the couple’s relationship scandalized his orthodox supporters.

According to Israel’s Channel 10, one of Netanyahu’s top aides on Wednesday assured Aryeh Deri, whose religious Shas party is seen as the kingmaker in Israeli politics, that Yair Netanyahu and Sandra Leikanger “only study together”.

Deri had previously joined a chorus of condemnation that had followed reports that Yair Netanyahu, 23, was in a relationship with Sandra Leikanger, a 25 year old from Grimstad in southern Norway.

“Shame on the people of Israel that the son of the prime minister maintains a relationship with a gentile,” he had said in an interview on Israeli radio. “I know friends of mine who invest tens of millions and more, hundreds of millions, to fight assimilation in the world. If, God forbid, it’s true, woe be unto us.”

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